The San Diego Zoo and Noah.

January 24, 2007 at 7:17 am 3 comments

sd-zoo-2007020.jpgBring a pair of every kind of animal-a male and a female-into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.  Pairs of each kind of bird and each kind of animal, large and small alike, will come to you to be kept alive. (Genesis 6:19-20)

Spent the day at the fantastic San Diego Zoo.  Many of you have been there or to another Zoo somewhere so I will not bore you with the details.  The animals are great the birds terrific and the weather here is outstanding so it makes for a memorable day.

But being in the Zoo raised lots of questions for me.  Especially the animals from Austrailia and New Zealand.  How did they get to the Big Boat?  Was there really enough room in that boat for a pair of every kind, species, sub-species?  There are about 400 different animals and many more birds at the San Diego Zoo and they have a few hundred acres.  How could there be two of every kind of animal and bird included in the Ark?  Were the continents all together at that time?  If not did they swim to the loading dock?

I know, there are hypotheses that abound to answer my questions, but these questions and others like them are some of the reasons why people do not come to faith in a personal Creator.

For me, it is a faith issue.  Will I, can I trust the Biblical record about these things?

The San Diego Zoo is very active in working to preserve and protect the Earth’s wildlife and their habitats.  As people of faith in a personal Creator shouldn’t we be part of the solution to species and habitat preservation?

Have a great day enjoying what ever part of the planet you inhabit and remember you are the only species that can do anything about the environmental problems the world faces.

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  • 1. Harris/Jeanne  |  January 24, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Greg – We look forward to reading your daily adventures and how you link these events to the Bible. We agree with your observation, that we are all responsible for the environmental problems. Our kayak trips have introduced us to a more intimate contact with the condition of Puget Sound.
    With each trip, we become more aware of environmental concerns and our responsibility.
    Enjoy your trip. Keep up posted.
    Harris and Jeanne

  • 2. amanda  |  January 24, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    nice to hear you put voice to some of the things that have bounced around in my head.

  • 3. Damon  |  January 24, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Hi Greg,

    Interesting posting; just read a brief article on Noah’s ark this am:) The thought the writer shared was that only 1/3 of the ark was for the animals. I have studied this topic fairly intensively over the last seven years. The “science” answer to this question is that all animals come from common “kinds”; for example all dogs come from the dog family or kind; so only one male and female dog carrying all dog genetic information needed to be on the ark; not all the different “breeds”. Just as with humans, we have all decended from “one pair”; that pair carrying all the genetic information needed to “produce” all the different people groups. People groups being much more appropriate than “races” as races suggests a different origin for all the different “colors” or “features”. Statistically speaking there is a .012 percent difference genetically in the different “races”; therefor scientifically insignificant. The science actually shows the commonality one would expect from a single creator:) So what about the other 2/3 of Noahs ark? Well, the writer proposed that there was provisional space for those who would believe Noah; but none but his family believed. I found that to be very inspirational and comforting; ultimately another reason for why I have faith, hope and love for our Lord Jesus:) Have a Blessed day:)

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